After dealing with controversy that evolved after the recent Panama papers leak, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif found his way on the UK website of eBay as a product open for bids, at the auctioning price of £66,200.
Mastavis, who is the seller and also a long-time eBay user, according to an article by DNA, advertised the Prime Minister as an item under the caption 'Useless Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif for Sale'(ebay item no 162037014813), describing him as 'new with defects'.
“Used Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for sale. No longer needed. Needs a bit of TLC. No box or instructions. Buyer must collect. Seller not prepared to touch item. Pick up from central London today, address will be supplied on completion of sale. Buyer must arrange own transport,” the brutal product description read, India TV said in a report.
The advertisement went on to say: “The whole range of the product and its family is genetically defected and corrupt. Not in working condition. It never worked. It was faulty and corrupt by birth. Buy this and a similar item in smaller pack Mr Shahbaz Sharif will be given for free with it and that item is good with drama and passionate speeches but no use too.” as reported by Pakistan Today.
Since eBay requires the seller to reveal the condition of the item placed on sale, the seller described the PM as 'an unused, unworn item'.
The description further went, as reported by The News Tribe, saying, "Possible cosmetic imperfections range from natural color variations to scuffs, cuts or nicks, hanging threads or missing buttons that occasionally occur during the manufacturing or delivery process. The apparel may contain irregular or mismarked size tags. The item may be missing the original retail packaging materials (such as original box or tag). New factory seconds and/or new irregular items may fall into this category. The original tags may or may not be attached. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections."
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The eBay post suggested Sharif, who is in London, was visiting the British capital for advice from former president Asif Ali Zardari, nicknamed "Mr 10 Percent" due to unproven allegations of corruption against him.
"Currently in London consulting an ex corrupt president of Pakistan on how to save his corrupt assets and save his ass," the post said, reported IBNLive.
By Thursday afternoon the auction had received 100 bids of up to 66,200 pounds ($94,000).
It was, however, removed from the site shortly after.
While the case of Sharif being listed as a product is an amusing one, he is not the first Prime Minister to be put up for sale on eBay.
A few days ago, British premier David Cameron, was also found being sold on the ecommerce website. While his listing as a product was deleted from eBay, it had raked in about 153 bids and the highest price offering stood at £65,900.
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Updated Date: Apr 14, 2016 20:30:07 IST